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Mr. Lonely
by Regis Auffray

Friday, September 09, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I know some people like this; I am quite sure you do as well...

Mr. Lonely

He looks out his window
He talks to himself

There's Mrs. Phelps again
She's always up to something
In that garden of hers

Should he not remember and appreciate
The lovely vegetables she often gives him?


He likes to look prim and proper
He goes to the bathroom mirror
And hunts for hairs
In his ears and nose
They always seem to elude his tweezers
Like the hares he used to hunt
Dodged the shot from his shotgun

He knows he ought to go out
Lately that seems too much of a bother

Perhaps he ought to call his daughter
Though all he's been getting lately is the voice mail
"Blah... blah... blah... ...and we'll get back to you"
But she never does

Ah, maybe he could make lunch
But he had breakfast less than two hours ago

He could read he supposes
But which book could possibly be interesting?

Watch TV?
It's all reruns and information about the world going undone

He could go to bed and try to sleep
But sleep seldom comes and when it does
The dreams are unpleasant with some inexplicable feelings

He goes back to the window
But Mrs. Phelps is gone

© Copyright 2011 Regis Auffray







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Reviewed by lois christensen 8/19/2014
I seem to not like Mr. Lonely, not the poem, just the person in life who'se lonely, but I must try to accept his loneliness cause everyone gets lonely at times, and must accept it.
Reviewed by Paddy Bostock 10/23/2012
Nice one, Regis. Reminds me of some of Alan Bennett's "Talking Heads". Seems to me, as we grow older, that the best we can do is to keep pushing out the boundaries. Once you've defined yourself by age or loss there's no way back, so-in my humble opinion-it's best never to give up.

Your snapshot, however, is telling.


Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 4/23/2012
Aw what a lonely soul, perhaps he burned some bridges? Or perhaps his children became to self-absorbed with their own lives. Sad... I speak to all the elderly in the market. They love the attention and love to talk. Thank you for such a lovely reminder to all of this that we should seek out those who need a wee bit of loving attention. Love and Light Regis
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 2/16/2012
A very poignant piece...It can hit any one of us in our life, young or old, as in losing a life partner suddenly..It is a very difficult task to rearrange our lives and give it back its former meaning and activity.. To feel lonely at a time when there is the least feeling of doing anything about it is a very sad place to be...The answer and solution however usually lies within ourselves....This is very thought provoking work...
Best wishes, Diana...
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 2/12/2012
One thing I have learned Regis is that I am fond of my own, no matter how things roll I am OK with it..needless to say many many people fell lonely mostly because they forget the closest person in their life..their own SELF!
poignant poetry..

Vesna :)
Reviewed by Morgan McFinn 12/1/2011


Strains of Eleanor Rigby here. Sad to say that loneliness seems have reached epidemic proportions. You capture it very well. It's a pity that more people don't learn how to enjoy their own company.
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 10/21/2011
Thoughtful middle-age reflections. Rather put me in mind of the spirit of Sir John Betjeman who could capture loneliness with fine telling details. And loneliness shows you're alive, by the way!
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 10/18/2011
Inded we all know such lonely people and should reach out to them and see if we can't make them smile. Nicely done Regis
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 10/12/2011
Yes...guess we all know someone like him and thank you for writing this Regis because it needed to be written ,you covered the subject very well with much warmth and left me thinking out loud
that he should 'get out there and have a chat with Mrs. Phelps '
but even a little thing like chatting with the neighbours can be hard when one is stuck in a rut.A very deep and moving write ,I'm so glad I read it.
Best wishes always
Reviewed by JMS Bell 10/10/2011
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 10/6/2011
oh regis, this is so well scribed! mr lonely is clearly depressed!
how sad that oftentimes our thoughts and actions (or lack thereof)
contribute to hastened aging! make sure to get a good laugh and a
heartfelt prayer in each day and the march of time should tread
more softly...
always a pleasure to read your stuff, poet!
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 10/5/2011
I suppose the older we get the lonelier we get. But Reg, so
long as you continue to write like this you'll never be lonely
for readers. -gene.
Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/5/2011
This is an accurate picture of loneliness and resignation and it is easy to understand the way this man feels. Great details (the hunt for hairs, the feelings about the news, the daughter's voice mail message...); it makes me wonder: where did we go wrong? Because this is happening more and more. Thank you Regis.

Reviewed by Morning Star 9/28/2011
Wow This is so sad
your words truly captured loneliness
its very sad when all the children grow and move out to find their
Own happiness and forget or are to busy to spend time with father
Mother or both,that's when depression extends the hand and takes you in,it's so sad to see this happening to so many adults as we aged
Especially when they have loss their soul mate
Stunning view of your thoughts Brilliant poem!!
Hugsssss from me :)
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 9/25/2011
Brilliant !!
Reviewed by Paul Judges 9/22/2011
Fine work, Regis
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 9/19/2011
Captures loneliness and inability to move beyond it. R
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 9/18/2011

Heatbreaking write about a very lonely man. Wonderful write.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 9/18/2011
I think this lonely character lives in all of us if we let it. Great write. Love and hugs,
Reviewed by Jon Willey 9/18/2011
Regis, here in your words are captured the fates of countless millions of aging adults -- out of the mainstream of day-to-day activities and interaction with other people, young and old -- left without a mate or family members living with them -- it is a societal tragedy that existed rarely rather than prevalently just two or three generations ago -- our society has moved away from the family unit in America -- perhaps more so than any other society on earth -- I recall visiting friends and relatives when I was a child and a teen -- either grandfather or grandmother were an integral, loved part of every family -- or an aunt or uncle who never married lived in harmony with the family -- our values have changed, for the worse I fear -- this is an awakening piece and very poignant my dear friend -- it is a condition that should have been voiced long ago -- I bid you love and peace my dear friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Andy Turner 9/17/2011
Oh my, what a great book this would make!
As with now. I kinda relate, being bed-bound with the flu, I best go see Miss Phelps.

Sheer brilliance!
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/17/2011
The loneliness of old age and isolation. A very poignant and compelling look at a problem that is all too common. I, too, like to be alone. I hope it never comes a point where I won't go out in public anymore.

One of the best I've read.

Reviewed by baz busbe 9/17/2011
Great write regis, you captured loneliness very well, God bless Baz
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 9/15/2011
I have to agree with all the below comments..only adding this...He should've gone out to talk to Mrs Phelps!
Wonderful, and great to read you Regis. Peace n Blessings
Reviewed by John Domino 9/15/2011
Dear Regis,

A visit to the homeless or the incarcerated youth snaps me right out of any depression. Most folks thinks that it does the opposite but the Lord truly works in strange ways. It makes you so thankful for what you got and then your problems seem so trivial.

Reviewed by Micki Peluso 9/14/2011
Regis, a poignant poem on the lonliness of people, especially older people living alone and ignored by family and friends, moved on or passed on. Well done!! This will never happen to you!! You have the spirit to always find something to do!!

all the best, Micki
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 9/12/2011
Reg, You captured perfectly the minutes of lonliness...this is written from deep within..great work!
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 9/12/2011
VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Daniel Keith 9/11/2011
Nice write Regis. I do know people like that. It is so sad to see children grow up and get too busy to remember. Although, I know children who are lonely too. May God bless you every day of your life.

Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 9/10/2011
This poem is painfully open and expressive, Regis, and connects readily with the empathy of the reader. I hope "Mr. Lonely" finds likeminded spirits with whom to confer. Hang in there, my friend.

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/10/2011
Many of us are alone, but lonely is quite a different thing. I like being alone but I don't particularly like feeling lonely. Everyone can relate to this Reg at some point in their life..

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke 9/10/2011
Ah! Old and Lonely. The two things that can never work together. Life has a nasty knack of reminding us what could be and delivering a severe kick in the pants.
Reviewed by J Howard 9/10/2011
life is lived by many and then again...(only) thought about by many more, as your lonely man!
Reviewed by jude forese 9/10/2011
captured the character of loneliness in these verses, Regis ... a sad tale indeed ...
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 9/10/2011
Aw! You certainly captured the loneliness of the aged....and sometimes even the not so aged....Yes we do know people like this, Regis. Well done, my friend!

Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 9/10/2011
A lonely existence, indeed. A very vivid picture, Regis. Love and hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 9/10/2011
Never let life pass by, Great write Regis.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 9/9/2011
Glad your not Lonely, Dear Regis!! xox :-D
Reviewed by Steve Groll 9/9/2011
One of your best, Regis.
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 9/9/2011
yes, people do feel this way at long as it isn't for ' goes on ' or ' stays on ' ...its good, nice write.. :)neerja
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 9/9/2011
This tugs at my heart with so much raw emotion!!
capturing the loneliness, as you have done!!!
far too many know this as reality!!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Janna Hill 9/9/2011
Yes Regis, I know a few but it is you who have so well laid their angst to print. Hopefully we will take note and a moment for the Mr. [and Mrs.] Lonely's in the world.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 9/9/2011
I think that there are times when each of us draws within and feels like the world just doesn't have a place for us though one step out the door will usually prove differently. We are each responsible for our own happiness; there is no entertainment committee set up especially for any of us. Well portrayed, Reg.
Take care,
Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo 9/9/2011
Nice poem...

Many of us have found ourselves standing by the window staring at something or someone... found ourselves lost in thought as we stare ahead...

This is life...

Nice portrayal.

There is not only a Mr. Lonely but a Ms. Lonely or Mrs. Lonely out there...

Well done!

Reads like a prose piece... or a chapter in a novel... Heck, maybe this can be turned into a novel...

I enjoyed it.

Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by pat medlin 9/9/2011
oh my beautifully descriptive...i caught my dad in the same pose and my heart broke trying to feel his i see
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/9/2011
Hauntingly observant of the folds of human nature, so cleverly understated ~
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 9/9/2011
Reads like my life except there is no Mrs.Phelps or the UPS truck with my cigars. Excellent write.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 9/9/2011
When I came to Sweden 3+years ago, I used to look out my window. So I can understand the situation of this guy at the window. thank you Regis, for capturing a rare image in the books of poetry.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/9/2011
Exactly what loneliness does. At any age. Tough cycle to break. I broke it a couple of times fortunately. Many never do. Poignant, empathetic, sadly descriptive nostalgic write. Patrick
Reviewed by D Johnson 9/9/2011
I am surrounded by hundreds of people in my apt. building that match this man to a tee...nice write.

Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 9/9/2011
Nicely done.. and yes I think we all know someone like this... Myrna
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/9/2011
Great write, Regis.
Reviewed by Clarence Prince 9/9/2011
You are a master of imagination, Regis! I'm sure that there are people just like that, Mr. Lonely. Nice job!
Reviewed by Richard King 9/9/2011
Sounds like the voice of experience to me, what the hell you doing roaming around in my head like that?

Good one, Regis Thanks. Dick
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 9/9/2011
Regis this one draws a picture. Something new for you it seems and you do a great job of painting the scene for us. Aging is a conspiracy.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 9/9/2011
I think you are talking directly to me on this one, though I don't know a Mrs. Phelps, but the rest is right on...not sure how to answer this beyond the above...e
Reviewed by Laura Fall 9/9/2011
A very touching write Regis written rather sad indeed my friend Laura
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 9/9/2011
Whatva sad and solitary picture,

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/9/2011
Well penned...Mr. Lonely must visit Mrs Phelps...and collabot\rate a!!

Love TinkaSweets

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